June 24, 2009 (LBO) – Sri Lanka is hosting a South Asia workshop organised with the United States to prevent terrorist groups from acquiring nuclear weapons or trafficking in nuclear materials, the foreign ministry said. The workshop, on the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1540 dealing with non-state actors and weapons of mass destruction (WMD), is being held in Sri Lanka from 23 – 25 June 2009.
“As a major port in the region, Sri Lanka is also concerned regarding the possibility of illicit transfer and trans-shipment of WMD related material by sea,” the foreign affairs ministry statement said.
In this regard, Sri Lanka is actively participating in the US Megaports Initiative and Container Security Initiative to screen cargo for nuclear, chemical or biological weapons before they reach the US, it said.
The UN resolution highlights the need for effective national border controls with a view to monitoring export and trans-shipment of related items and monitoring of related financial transactions.
The workshop is being organized by Sri Lanka and the United States in cooperation with the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs.
Participants from the governments of Afghanistan, Banglade